Capacity Building & Education

Spain Designates Five Ramsar Sites [viewed]

12 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Spain has designated five new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing Spain's total number of Ramsar Sites to 73, the third highest number of sites among Contracting Parties.

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Evo Morales Named FAO Special Ambassador for International Year of Quinoa [viewed]

FAO11 June 2012: At the opening of the Governing Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and alongside a special session on quinoa, Bolivian President Evo Morales was appointed as the FAO's Special Ambassador for the International Year of Quinoa.

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CITES Announces Premiere of "Rhinos Under Threat" [viewed]

CITES11 June 2012: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in collaboration with UNTV, produced a movie titled "Rhino under Threat," which aims to raise public awareness of the current crisis faced by rhinoceros due to illegal killing and the international trade in rhino horn. 

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Pew Environment Group Publishes Oceans Quiz [viewed]

June 2012: Ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Pew Environment Group has produced an oceans quiz, titled “How Much Do You Know About the Ocean?,” which aims to test and raise awareness of the benefits provided by oceans and the challenges they face.

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IUCN, UNESCO Launch iPhone App on Marine World Heritage Sites [viewed]

8 June 2012: In celebration of World Oceans Day, the World Commission on Protected Areas of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Heritage Centre of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a new iPhone application (app), which aims to act as a window on marine world heritage sites.

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UNCTAD's "Road to Rio" Highlights Innovative Approaches to Conservation [viewed]

June 2012: The third issue of "The Road to Rio+20: For a Development-led Economy" published by the UN Conference on Trade and Environment (UNCTAD) contains two articles on experiences with innovative approaches to biodiversity conservation in Latin America: the Yasuni-ITT Initiative in Ecuador; and the Mesoamerican Corridor in Mexico.

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UNESCO Holds Workshop on Impact of Glacier Retreat in Andes [viewed]

UNESCO30 May 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized a regional workshop titled "The Impact of Glacier Retreat in the Andes: International Multidisciplinary Network for Adaptation Strategies" under the auspices of its International Hydrological Programme (IHP), and Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme.

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SPREP Reports on Robotic Sensors Deployment for Ocean Research [viewed]

June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that 13 ocean robots were deployed in equatorial waters near Kiribati to conduct ocean monitoring. The robots, automatic ocean sensors known as Argo floats, will enable scientists to monitor the ocean processes behind El Niño and La Niña events.

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GBIF, ICLEI Publish Guide on Use of Biodiversity Data [viewed]

25 May 2012: A best practice guide published by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability aims to increase awareness of the tools and protocols available to publish biodiversity data collected as part of local government planning processes.

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Oceans Day Celebrates 30th Anniversary of UNCLOS [viewed]

8 June 2012: World Oceans Day, celebrated on 8 June 2012, featured a panel discussion to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Day aims to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with oceans.

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